Colorado State wide receiver Thomas Coffman will miss the team's season opener. Coffman had emergency abdominal surgery on Wednesday, and will be out of action for two to three weeks, according to the Coloradoan.
Coffman alerted trainers to severe abdominal pain on Tuesday. He was rushed to the hospital shortly thereafter. Specifics of the surgery were not revealed at this time.
The Rams open the season on Sep. 1 with a game against the University of Colorado in Denver.
The loss of Coffman is a temporary setback for the team. The sophomore was penciled in as a starter this season. Measuring 5'10, 180 pounds, Coffman played in all 12 games with the Rams last season, starting three of them. He was being counted on as the team's top kick returner as well.
Head coach Jim McElwain took the news in stride.
"You have to plan without him. I look it not as a deterrent, but actually it allows somebody to step up, grab the flag, take his reps on offense as well as in the return game, and it gives somebody an opportunity to step up and be a player."